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Batam to become 'tourism portal' by 2015? LIPPO CIKARANG - Batam in the Riau Islands is set a target to become a “tourism portal” for western Indonesia in 2015, the local administration says. Batam has the potential to become a hub for tourism promotion for western Indonesian regions, Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan said Monday in Batam.

"After realizing the visit Batam 2010 tourism program, we’re confident we can also achieve the 'tourism portal' target," Ahmad said as quoted by Antara state news wire. He added that his administration would continue to develop the island's tourism potential by developing its tourism facilities.

Ahmad cited a plan to commence the construction of a tourist center around Raja Haji Fisabilillah or Barelang I bridge by the end of the year. The center, he said, would have a concert area, a sports center, a historical gallery and a tourist information center, among other facilities.

Batam administration has only allocated a mere 3.2 billion rupiah (260.000 euro) toward the tourism development project this year. About two decades ago, Batam and surrounding islands were also to be turned into the 'second Singapore', but corruption and a change of governor caused the rapid development to turn into decay over time.

Back then, there were plans for the construction of some casino's to lure foreign tourists to an integrated tourist area that should have been similar to Sentosa Island in Singapore nowadays. Today, only the Holiday Inn hotel stands in a vast area of vacant lots and some abandoned construction sites, as evidence that Batam has failed before.

Maybe the mayor of Batam can spend his splurge - ahum - of money for the development of the island - what can you do for 260.000 euro? - on some people that can think about ideas? In that manner, he will make sure that nothing goes to the development of tourism on the island, because he should be ashamed even to mention an amount of 3.2 billion rupiah as something serious.


The Holiday Inn hotel on Batam, located some 25 kilometers away from where it 'happens' now, Nagoya and Sei Jodoh, with empty lots and unfinished buildings as tourist attractions.



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Posted in Tourism @ 16 August 2011 12:57 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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